After Fleeing North Korea, Women Get Trapped as Cybersex Slaves in China - The New York Times
RT @jimsciutto: Breaking: #NorthKorea launches two unidentified projectiles, says South Korea military. This is the *10th* North Ko…
RT @minubak: #NorthKorea willing to resume talks with U.S. in late September - KCNA
North Korea willing to resume talks with U.S. in late September - KCNA - Reuters
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North Korean defector says cousin's entire family executed for sharing Gospel - The Christian Post
North Korea has generated an estimated $2bn for its weapons of mass destruction programs using “widespread and increasingly sophisticated” cyberattacks to steal from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges, according to a confidential UN report seen by Reuters on Monday.
Pyongyang also “continued to enhance its nuclear and missile programmes although it did not conduct a nuclear test or ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) launch,” said the report to the UN Security Council North Korea sanctions committee by independent experts monitoring compliance over the past six months.
The North Korean mission to the United Nations did not respond to a request for comment on the report, which was submitted to the Security Council committee last week.
The experts said North Korea “used cyberspace to launch increasingly sophisticated attacks to steal funds from financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges to generate income.” They also used cyberspace to launder the stolen money, the report said.
Including cryptocurrency exchanges, of course. To get how significant that is: North Korea's nominal GDP in 2018 was $32bn. So that's a really significant amount of money, a 6% boost to the economy if it was done in a single year. And it's all foreign currency - even more useful.
Amid trade war, Trump drops pretense of friendship with China’s Xi Jinping, calls him an ‘enemy’ - The Washington Post
Details about the contributors to OpenStreetMap of North Korean data
China’s Huawei secretly helped build North Korea’s wireless network, documents reveal - The Washington Post
Mapping North Korea: Motivations and Details
North Korea fires more projectiles and says talks with 'impudent' South are over | World news | The Guardian
Despite the threat of punishment by North Korea’s brutal security forces, distributing foreign information has become a profitable business in North Korea. This is partly due to the ways in which the country’s traditionally closed economy has changed in the past 20 years. From 1994 until 1998, an extraordinary famine swept North Korea, killing hundreds of thousands—perhaps even millions—of people. In response to its failure to feed its people, the government allowed small markets known as jangmadang to open so that people could buy basic goods from one another or barter.
The highest-ranking North Korean defector in decades told me Kim Jong UN likes President Trump because he’s not “moral,” and doesn't judge."All previous US presidents so far have been very moral and they paid great attention on the America’s moral image," he said of Trump.
North Korea took $2bn in cyberattacks to fund weapons program: UN report • Reuters
"Huawei Technologies Co., the Chinese tech giant embroiled in President Trump’s trade war with China and blacklisted as a national security threat, secretly helped the North Korean government build and maintain the country’s commercial wireless network, according to internal documents obtained by The Washington Post and people familiar with the arrangement. Huawei partnered with a Chinese state-owned firm, Panda International Information Technology Co. Ltd., on a variety of projects there spanning at least eight years, according to past work orders, contracts and detailed spreadsheets taken from a database that charts the company’s telecom operations worldwide. The arrangement made it difficult to discern Huawei’s involvement." - Ellen Nakashima, Gerry Shih and John Hudson, Washington Post
+ 38 North: North Korea’s Koryolink: Built for Surveillance and Control https://www.38north.org/2019/07/mwilliams072219/
Mapping North Korea
Ellen Nakashima, Gerry Shih and John Hudson:
Huawei Technologies, the Chinese tech giant embroiled in President Trump’s trade war with China and blacklisted as a national security threat, secretly helped the North Korean government build and maintain the country’s commercial wireless network, according to internal documents obtained by The Washington Post and people familiar with the arrangement.Huawei partnered with a Chinese state-owned firm, Panda International Information Technology Co., on a variety of projects there spanning at least eight years, according to past work orders, contracts and detailed spreadsheets taken from a database that charts the company’s telecom operations worldwide. The arrangement made it difficult to discern Huawei’s involvement.The spreadsheets were provided to The Post by a former Huawei employee who considered the information to be of public interest. The former employee spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing a fear of retribution. Two additional sets of documents were shared by others with a desire to see the material made public. They also spoke on the condition of anonymity.Taken together, the revelations raise questions about whether Huawei, which has used American technology in its components, violated US export controls to furnish equipment to North Korea…
Shocking! From… 2008. I’ve no doubt that Huawei did this; it did much the same with Iran more recently. John Hudson, one of the co-authors, has a long Twitter thread
about the documents. Still feels like ancient history. More to the point: have the sanctions against North Korea had any effect in the past three years? Are they even in place?
Cartographers of North Korea :: 북한의 지도 제작자
Like father, like son: a train journey across Siberia with Kim Jong Il #railways #NorthKorea
The Opening of the North Korean Mind | Foreign Affairs
The whole episode upends several US foreign policy conventions. Diplomacy-by-tweet has been criticized as sloppy yet it has proven effective, and Twitter may be regarded years from now as the telegraph or fax machine are seen today. Twitter allows the president to circumvent the media and float informal proposals.
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Iran’s submarine force is by far the most numerous and technically capable arm of its navy and slated to remain so for the foreseeable future given Tehran's geopolitical investment in the Gulf region. While it is still highly unlikely to match the U.S. Navy in any sort of pitched conflict, submarines would inevitably be the spearhead of a prospective Iranian anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) campaign to seal the Hormuz Strait, or to stage a one-off surprise saturation attack against US defenses in the Persian Gulf.
Iran's a threat because it sponsors global terrorism and regularly performs cyberattacks against western nations.
China’s Huawei secretly helped build North Korea’s wireless network, documents reveal
RT @minubak: China's President Xi to visit #NorthKorea this week
Leaked documents reveal Huawei’s secret operations to build North Korea’s wireless network • Washington Post
"People all around the world enjoy watching Netflix and playing games on their tablets, but how are North Koreans using their very own (reportedly-domestically-made) devices?
NK News has obtained the Taeyang-brand tablet PC, produced by the Mangyongdae Marine (Haeyang) Technology Exchange Company in 2017. The company has received attention in local media recently, having also produced Mirae WiFi and tablet PCs with wireless internet access.
This analysis of the portable device, equipped with pre-installed applications, clearly shows that North Koreans are using their tablets under strict government surveillance — for example, users have to go through a complicated procedure to use the intranet.
On the other hand, the existence of an online application market and other new technology clearly shows that North Korea’s tech sector is making rapid progress." - Dagyum Ji, NK News
Trump is giving Kim Jong Un major concessions — and may now be asking for less in return - The Washington Post
RT @ColinCrooks1: Six months in #NorthKorea - I’m travelling right now, but before leaving #Pyongyang I recorded this video message.…
Like father, like son: a train journey across Siberia with Kim Jong Il | NK News - North Korea News
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Chinese bank involved in probe on North Korean sanctions and money laundering faces financial ‘death penalty’ - The Washington Post
Joshua Berlinger, CNN:
North Korea is barred from selling weapons abroad - though the UN alleges that the country is still attempting to do so - but it's not clear if high-tech software that isn't used for military purposes is subject to that arms embargo. The UN Panel of Experts on North Korea, the body charged with monitoring sanctions enforcement, did not respond to an email seeking comment.
Facial recognition software could provide a loophole in existing sanctions that seek to limit Pyongyang's ability to make money overseas.
"(Information technology) services aren't covered by the United Nations sanctions," said Cameron Trainer, an analyst studying North Korean illicit finance at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). "It's still a way North Korea can procure currency that is then funneled to its nuclear program."
…Experts say the Hanoi restaurant's alleged software sales raise concerns that other North Korean restaurants around Asia could also be used to sidestep sanctions. Police and investigators usually detect sanction evasions at points of entry, like harbors. Customs officials from countries in the region do not track online software sales, said George Lopez, a former member of the UN panel charged with investigating North Korean sanctions enforcement and efficacy.
"The irony that these operate in such plain sight make it more difficult to discover what exactly they are contributing to sanction evasion, other than wages being sent back," Lopez said.
This is real spy novel territory.
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Trump says he will meet North Korea's Kim Jong-un at demilitarised zone | US news | The Guardian
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"According to one report (in Japanese), there are 11.5 million pachinko enthusiasts, and the market is valued at ¥24.5 trillion — almost double Toyota’s sales last year. (..) Many of the owners of Japan’s 11,000 pachinko halls are from the Korean Peninsula, and some with relations to North Korea have sent substantial sums of money back home for many years. Such “contributors” to the well-being of the North Korean economy are recognized by the regime in Pyongyang according to the extent of their support, and are given awards and sometimes publicly recognized as patriots"
Only 5 Nations Can Hit Any Place on Earth With a Missile. For Now. - The New York Times
North Korea on Saturday escalated its attempt to create a rift between South Korea and the United States, as Washington sent mixed signals over whether it would tighten or relax sanctions on the North.
Ever since the summit meeting between the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and President Trump in Hanoi, Vietnam, late last month abruptly ended without a deal, North Korea has ceaselessly urged South Korea to distance itself from the United States and to push ahead with joint economic projects that have been held back by American-led United Nations sanctions.
North Korea’s official trade has been devastated by international sanctions imposed since 2016. The country has tried to circumvent them by importing refined fuel or exporting coal through ship-to-ship transfers on the high seas, a move banned under United Nations sanctions. It has also sought to undermine the sanctions by boosting economic cooperation with South Korea.
President Moon Jae-in of South Korea remains eager to boost inter-Korean economic ties, raising fears at home and abroad that he may steer his government away from international efforts to enforce sanctions against the North. But in reality, Mr. Moon’s hands are tied unless the United States and North Korea reach an agreement on denuclearizing the North and Washington helps to ease sanctions.
On Saturday, DPRK Today, a North Korean government-run website, accused Mr. Moon’s government of reneging on its promise to improve inter-Korean ties and giving priority to “cooperation with a foreign force” over “cooperation among the Korean nation.”
“The South Korean authorities’ behavior is deeply deplorable,” it said. “The only things the South will get from cooperating with the U.S. will be a deepening subordination, humiliation and shame.”
North Korean state media has been issuing similar messages in recent days, even denigrating Mr. Moon’s efforts to mediate talks between his “American boss” and North Korea, and advising Mr. Moon’s government to throw its policy “in a garbage can.”
Mr. Moon suffered another slap in the face when the North abruptly withdrew its staff from a joint inter-Korean liaison office on Friday.
“The South’s authorities can’t do anything without approval or instruction from the United States, so how do they think they can be a mediator or facilitator?” the North Korean website Meari said on Friday. “They should know their place.”
Mr. Moon has dedicated his diplomatic resources to facilitating dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang, and has promoted building peace on the Korean Peninsula as his main policy goal. But his mediator’s role has run into a wall since the breakdown of the Hanoi meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim.
China’s Xi arrives in North Korea to hold talks with Kim Jong Un before G-20 summit - The Washington Post
Kim Jong Un’s personal photographer fired for breaking photography rules via @The_Daily_NK #NorthKorea #photography
Xi Jinping Arrives in North Korea, With Many Eyes on Trump - The New York Times
US President Donald Trump has not ordered the withdrawal of recently imposed sanctions against North Korea, administration officials say.
Mr Trump caused confusion on Friday when he tweeted that "additional large-scale sanctions" would be withdrawn.
It was thought he was referring to the treasury's move to blacklist two China-based shipping companies suspected of illegally trading with North Korea.
But officials later said he was referring to future sanctions.
Citing unnamed administration officials, US media reported that Mr Trump was in fact cancelling measures that had yet to be announced and were scheduled for the coming days.
China's President Xi to visit North Korea this week - Reuters
President Donald Trump on Friday declared he would reverse new sanctions on North Korea that his administration rolled out just a day before, deepening concerns that the ostensible leader of the free world is at odds with his own team as he makes American foreign policy in spontaneous 280-character bursts.
The sudden move left the White House groping for an explanation, telling reporters only that Trump “likes” North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
“It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea,” Trump tweeted. “I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!”
In a follow-up statement explaining the reversal, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "President Trump likes Chairman Kim and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary."
Trump’s announcement surprised many of his senior aides, and even some Treasury Department officials were caught off guard, according to a person familiar with the matter.
It was the latest example of Trump operating on gut instinct with little care for the formal policy process. Past presidents sometimes spent weeks or even months running key policy proposals through a gauntlet of review by federal agencies and senior White House advisers. Trump has largely shunned that process, preferring to query a small group of informal advisers — or sometimes no one at all — before making rapid-fire decisions that reverberate around the world.
Even the administration's allies were baffled by the reversal. Mark Dubowitz, an influential critic of the Iran nuclear deal who is chief executive of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, tweeted, "I’ve been working on sanctions policy for 15+ years. Don’t recall ever seeing a president overrule a Treasury announcement AFTER it was announced."
Inside a (censored) North Korean tablet, from karaoke apps to "Samurai Hunter"
President Trump undercut his own Treasury Department on Friday by announcing that he was rolling back North Korea sanctions that it imposed just a day ago.
The move, announced on Twitter, was a remarkable display of dissension within the Trump administration and showed how actively the White House is intervening in policies that are traditionally handled by career officials in the Treasury and State Departments. Mr. Trump appeared to confuse the day that the North Korea sanctions were announced, saying that it occurred on Friday rather than on Thursday.
“It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea,” Mr. Trump said on Twitter. “I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!”
On Thursday, the Treasury Department imposed new sanctions on two Chinese shipping companies that it says have been helping the country evade international sanctions. The sanctions linked to North Korea were the first that the Treasury Department had imposed since late last year and came less than a month after a summit meeting between Mr. Trump and Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, collapsed in Hanoi, Vietnam, without a deal.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said the decision was a favor to Mr. Kim.
“President Trump likes Chairman Kim, and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary,” she said.
Tony Sayegh, a Treasury Department spokesman, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Mr. Trump’s tweet.
The department did issue a new round of sanctions on Thursday on Iran, targeting a research and development unit that it believes could be used to restart Tehran’s nuclear weapons program.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may break off denuclearisation talks with the US and resume missile and nuclear testing, a senior official says.
Vice Foreign Minister Choe Sun-hui told foreign diplomats the US threw away "a golden opportunity" at a recent summit between President Trump and Mr Kim.
North Korea had offered to dismantle its main Yongbyon nuclear complex.
But talks collapsed after Mr Trump refused to lift sanctions unless North Korea destroyed all its nuclear sites.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he expects North Korea's leader will live up to his commitment not to resume nuclear and missile tests.
Mr Pompeo said Kim Jong-un had promised US President Donald Trump in Vietnam that testing would not resume.
His comments follow a suggestion by North Korean-Vice Foreign Minister Choe Sun-hui that denuclearisation talks might end and testing could resume.
The US says sanctions will remain until Pyongyang destroys all nuclear sites.
Mr Pompeo told reporters on Friday that "on multiple occasions [Mr Kim] spoke directly to the president and made a commitment that he would not resume nuclear testing, nor would he resume missile testing" during their February summit.
"That's Chairman Kim's word," Mr Pompeo said. "We have every expectation that he will live up to that commitment."
Earlier, Ms Choe said US diplomats had thrown away "a golden opportunity" during the summit when North Korea offered to dismantle its main Yongbyon nuclear complex.
Talks in Hanoi collapsed when Mr Trump refused to lift any sanctions until North Korea was completely denuclearised.
But Mr Pompeo said he is "hopeful" that discussions will continue.
"I saw the remarks [Ms Choe] made - she left open the possibility negotiations would continue. It's the administration's desire that we continue to have conversations around this."
Kim's right-hand man sidelined after North Korea-U.S. talks failed: South Korea lawmaker - Reuters
North Korea threatened on Friday to suspend negotiations with the Trump administration over the North’s nuclear arms program and said its leader, Kim Jong-un, would soon decide whether to resume nuclear and missile tests.
Addressing diplomats and foreign correspondents at a news conference in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui said that personal relations between Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump were “still good and the chemistry is mysteriously wonderful.”
But she said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, had created an “atmosphere of hostility and mistrust” that thwarted the top leaders’ negotiations in Hanoi last month.
After the Hanoi meeting ended without a deal, the North Korean leader had serious doubts about the merits of continuing negotiations with Mr. Trump, Ms. Choe said.
“We have neither the intention to compromise with the U.S. in any form nor much less the desire or plan to conduct this kind of negotiation,” said Ms. Choe, according a report from Pyongyang by The Associated Press, which has a bureau there.
She also said the North might end its self-imposed moratorium on tests of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.
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Glocom, a front company for the government of North Korea that sells sanctioned equipment, isn’t giving up. In 2017, before YouTube quietly removed Glocom’s channel, the company was advertising missile navigation and other military products on the video platform.
But Glocom has returned. It setup a new channel, and also had a presence on Twitter, until Motherboard flagged Glocom’s accounts to social media companies.
The news not only signals the perseverance of parts of the North Korean’s money-making enterprises, but also a slice of the content moderation issues that tech platforms constantly face.
Glocom “is using them as platforms to market sanctions violating products,” Shea Cotton, research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, and who has a particular focus on North Korea, told Motherboard in an email.
Glocom has previously pitched itself as a Malaysian company, but is in fact run by a North Korean intelligence agents, according to a United Nations report previously covered by Reuters. The products currently advertised on its website include radar systems, communications software, and military radio gear.
The North Korean restaurant [in Vietnam] accused of using software sales to bypass sanctions • CNN
North Koreans are voting to elect the country's rubber-stamp parliament, the second such election since Kim Jong-un took power.
Voting for the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) is mandatory and there's no choice of candidates. Any kind of dissent is unheard of.
Turnout is always close to 100% and approval for the governing alliance is unanimous.
North Korea is an isolated state, ruled by the Kim family dynasty.
Citizens are required to show complete devotion to the family and its current leader.
State Security Department - Wikipedia
A top Trump administration official has all but admitted that the US stance toward North Korea talks is now a hardline one.
What this means, some analysts say, is that the American position will sink any chance for progress in US-North Korea negotiations over ending its nuclear program.
In a briefing with reporters on Wednesday, a senior State Department official made a stunning remark when asked if the Trump administration agrees on how to handle the complexities of talks with North Korea.
“Nobody in the administration advocates a step-by-step approach,” the official said. “In all cases, the expectation is a complete denuclearization of North Korea as a condition for all the other steps ... being taken.” In other words, for Pyongyang to receive any kind of benefits like sanctions relief, it has to dismantle its entire nuclear arsenal first.
That contrasts greatly with the administration’s past stance and immediately led experts to pan the comment — and the Trump administration’s negotiation strategy.
“Insisting on disarmament as a condition for peace will lead to exactly the opposite of disarmament and peace,” tweeted MIT nuclear expert Vipin Narang.
“Only through practical reciprocal steps will we get closer to denuclearization & peace and away from dangerous & irresponsible ‘fire & fury’ threats,” Arms Control Association Director Daryl Kimball also tweeted.
Here’s why analysts closely following the US-North Korea drama are so worried: Pyongyang for years has said that the only way it would consider giving up its nuclear weapons is through a step-by-step process where both sides offer reciprocal, commensurate concessions. By resolving smaller disagreements, like lifting sanctions in exchange for the closure of an important nuclear facility, over time the US and North Korea would eventually arrive at the grand prize: the end of Pyongyang’s nuclear threat.
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